2021 / Architecture
The Urbe series exposes the city as a metaphor. The indistinctness of buildings, the absence of people, the unreality of colors and the imprecision of shapes allude to the idea of mirage, of deception. The images were taken in several cities, on misty days or using simple features on the camera itself: low speed, defocusing, camera movements, noise or application of physical elements over the lens. In post-production, the tones were split. Urbe adresses dystopia, the urban landscape as a shelter for dreams and desires that fade in the passage of time.
Architect and photographer, José Roberto Bassul was born in Rio de Janeiro and lives in Brasilia. His photography turns to architecture and cityscape. In the attempt to shift the concrete world of buildings to the senses’ intangible territory, he explores abstraction and geometry. He has received several awards and his works has often been exposed in festivals, galleries and museums. With two two published photobooks, he has works in important private collections, and in the public collections of the National Museum of the Republic in Brasilia and the Art Museum of Rio de Janeiro - MAR.